Northeast Ohio in store for two celestial viewings tonight

6:44 PM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Northeast Ohio will see both a rare alignment of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter tonight and the best viewing opportunity of the International Space Station this summer.

Cleveland State University astronomer Jay Reynolds says we'll be able to see Mercury, Venus and Jupiter aligned in the western sky right after sunset.

Reynolds explains that Mercury will appear highest of the trio, followed by Venus and Jupiter nearest the horizon.

Also, the International Space Station will be visible for one of its longest and highest passes over northeast Ohio beginning at 10:20 p.m.

The station will appear in the west, southwestern sky as a fast moving dot of light. Follow it across the sky to a peak altitude of 80 degrees in the northwest by 10:23 p.m. By 10:27, the station will appear to set in the northeast.

WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling says the clouds will hopefully hold off this evening to allow for great viewing opportunities for both events.


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